Submit a Talk For Ignite at PICNIC

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This year we are going to Ignite PICNIC. PICNIC Network is an excellent conference in Amsterdam that is happening September 23-25. I attended last year and got a lot out of the combination of technology and art (Radar post). Other speakers this year include Nicolas Negroponte, Linda Stone, Kevin Slavin and many others.

PICNIC is a part of the Geeks on a Plane tour. Here’s a little more about Ignite @ PICNIC:

Ignite comes to PICNIC Amsterdam 2009! In partnership with Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Media, we present Ignite@PICNIC – a series of five-minute talks where the audiences takes over the stage. We’ll select 10 talks for you to enjoy while relaxing at PICNIC ’09.

In times of peril and uncertainty, the creative and innovative minds that emerge as leaders of change. Countless opportunities are emerging for social, cultural, educational and business entrepreneurs to re-engineer our future. What are the challenges we face? What can the PICNIC audience do about them? We’ll be looking for some Ignite talks that identify problems and/or provide solutions. If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? Started in 2006 by Brady Forrest, Technology Evangelist for O’Reilly Media, hundreds of Ignite talks have now taken place worldwide. Now, Ignite debuts in Amsterdam at PICNIC ’09. This is your moment to shine!

What’s an Ignite talk? Each speaker gets 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, for a total of exactly 5 minutes on stage to talk about whatever lights them up. It’s fun, it’s fast, and the format forces you to really think about what you want to say.

To do a great Ignite talk, tell us about something you’re passionate about, something that others should know, or some unique bit of knowledge or insight that you can impart. And please don’t submit a pitch!

Submit your idea today via

The submission deadline is Friday 11 September. A total of 10-12 talks will be chosen from the ideas submitted. If your talk is selected, we’ll need to get your slides before PICNIC ’09 (in Powerpoint). Selections will be rolling so submit early.

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